The Tate exhibition showcases some of Van Gogh's most famous works alongside those of British painters who inspired him and who he influenced in return. It's the Tate's first Van Gogh exhibition since 1947, when crowds of people poured into the gallery damaging the floors of the museum in the process! The exhibition reveals the artist spent several years in London between 1873 and 1876, writing to his brother Theo, 'I love London'. It seems he found this vast modern city full of inspiration and we, in turn, have taken inspiration from his glorious flower paintings for our Spring Collection.
Van Gogh was a flower painter throughout his career - partly because it was a good way to pay restaurant bills. Through it, he was also able to explore different styles such as the Pointillist effect in Vase with Lilacs, Daisies and Anemones (1887), which is reminiscent of Aspesi's delicate silk flower print shirt.
Painting flowers also enabled Van Gogh to explore colour theory and develop the fantastically rich palette for which he is so famous. Matching Antoniazzi's loose-knit cornflower blue sweater is his 1889 Irises, which broke auction records selling for $53.9 million in 1987.
Almond trees are the first to blossom in the spring. When Van Gogh first arrived in Arles in March 1853 there was still snow on the ground, but he was able to make this study of a Sprig of flowering almond in a glass. Finamore has also captured the delicate colour perfectly in their pale pink, striped shirt.
Van Gogh's intense creative endeavour caused him mental health issues and he spent time in an asylum in St. Remy. He created many of his flower paintings there, such as this vase of blooming Roses (1890) set against an intense green background, which brings to mind Fabiana Filippi's silk vest.
In his early flower paintings, Van Gogh borrowed the style of Flemish painters, framing the blousy petals against a moody dark background. Daniel + Mayer's painterly top captures the delicate colours of his Bowl with Peonies & Roses (1886).
Throughout his life, Van Gogh was inspired by Japanese woodcuts, which he combined with Impressionist techniques. This orientalist Vase with Roses & Anemones (1890) was painted in Auvers and picks up the palest blue pinstripe in Aspesi's crisp cotton summer shirts and tops.
Vincent’s sunflowers are some of the most iconic images in Western art. When Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers sold for $40 million in 1987, it tripled the record price for a painting. Just as stunning is this pale yellow, tiered dress which is a signature piece of Aspesi's summer collection.
Painted to celebrate the birth of his nephew and namesake, this lovely rendering of Almond Blossom Against a Blue Sky, reminds us of Daniel + Mayer's versatile brocade dress coat, which works just as well with a crisp white shirt and jeans as it does at summer weddings and baby showers.